unload un‧load [ʌnˈləʊd ǁ -ˈloʊd] verb
1. [intransitive, transitive] TRANSPORT to remove a load from a vehicle, ship etc:

• Delivery people were unloading fax machines.

• This is where the ships load and unload.

2. [transitive] FINANCE to get rid of something quickly, especially by selling large quantities, for example because its price is falling:

• The poor economy prompted investors to unload shares.

• Their U.S. government bond desk unloaded $20 billion in government securities.

— unloading noun [uncountable] :

• the unloading of more than 2,000 tons of bananas

• The company has been hurt by recent unloading of its stock.

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unload UK US /ʌnˈləʊd/ verb
[I or T] TRANSPORT to remove goods from a vehicle or ship: »

Trucking companies are trying to cut the time drivers spend waiting in line to load or unload.


The port will spend $300 million to build a new container terminal, where ships load and unload cargo.

[T] FINANCE to get rid of or sell something, because it has gone down in value, is illegal, or is of poor quality: »

The bank asked them to unload $1 billion of Treasury bonds.


With markets slipping, insurers have been unloading shares to maintain the cushion between their assets and liabilities.

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • unload — index alleviate, deplete, diminish, disencumber, dislodge, ease, relieve (free from burden), remove ( …   Law dictionary

  • Unload —   [dt. »entladen«], aus dem Arbeitsspeicher entfernen oder ein Speichermedium auswerfen …   Universal-Lexikon

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  • unload — [v] take off; empty break bulk, cast, clear out, disburden, discharge, discommode, disencumber, disgorge, dump, get rid of, jettison, lighten, off load, relieve, remove, rid, slough, take a load off, unburden, unlade, unpack, void; concepts… …   New thesaurus

  • unload — ► VERB 1) remove a load from. 2) remove (goods) from a vehicle, ship, etc. 3) informal get rid of. 4) remove (ammunition) from a gun or (film) from a camera. DERIVATIVES unloader noun …   English terms dictionary

  • unload — un|load [ʌnˈləud US ˈloud] v ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(vehicle/ship)¦ 2¦(get rid of something)¦ 3¦(feelings)¦ 4¦(camera)¦ 5¦(gun)¦ ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1.) ¦(VEHICLE/SHIP)¦ a) [T] to remove a load from a vehicle, ship etc unload sth from sth …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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